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    Art Song in the United States, 1759 -1999: An Annotated Bibliography
    By Judith E. Carman. Allen Library Reference [REF ML128 S6 C28 2001] Check Status

    The Art Song: a Research and Information Guide
    By Douglass Seaton. Allen Library Reference [REF ML128 S6 S47] Check Status

    Chamber Music for Solo Voice and Instruments, 1960 -1989
    By Kenneth S. Klaus. Allen Library Reference [REF ML128 S6 K53] Check Status

    Classical Vocal Music in Print
    By Thomas R. Nardone and Gary S. Eslinger. Allen Library Reference [REF ML128 S6 N & Suppls.] Check Status

    The Comprehensive Catalogue of Duet Literature for Female Voices
    By Marilyn Newman. Allen Library Reference [REF ML128 V8 N53] Check Status

    German Poetry in Song: an Index of Lieder
    By Lawrence D. Snyder. Allen Library Reference [REF ML128 S6 S57 & Suppl] Check Status

    Songs in Collections
    By Desiree De Charms and Paul Breed. Allen Library Reference [REF ML128 S6 D2] Check Status

    Vocal Chamber Music: a Performer's Guide
    By Kay Dunlap. Allen Library Reference [REF ML128 V8 D] Check Status

    Call Numbers

    M1528 - M1529.5
    Duets, Trios, etc.

    M1611 - M1626
    Music for solo voice

    Subject Headings


    Songs high voice [for soprano and tenor]

    Songs low voice [for alto and bass]

    Songs medium voice [for alto mezzo and baritone]

    Songs with . . .

    Songs, english; songs, dutch; etc.


    The LiederNet Archive
    This page has complete texts for many works and English translations for most of the standard art song repertoire.

    UTK Song Index
    Database providing access to citations for about 50,000 songs in more than 1500 published song anthologies. published song anthologies owned by the George F. DeVine Music Library at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

    Women Song Composers
    A searchable database that contains 5116 songs by 515 women composers published in the United States and England, ca. 1890-1930, includes titles, poets, publishers, dates, and historical information.

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    American Choral Music Since 1920
    By David P. DeVenney. Allen Library Reference [REF ML128 C5 D48 A4] Check Status

    Catalogue of Choral Music Arranged in Biblical Order
    By James Laster. Allen Library Reference [REF ML128 C5 L3] Check Status

    Choral Music in the Twentieth Century
    By Nick Strimple. Allen Library Stacks [ML1506 S76 C46] Check Status

    Nineteenth -century American Choral Music
    By David P. DeVenney. Allen Library Reference [REF ML128 C5 D48 N5] Check Status

    Secular Choral Music in Print. Supplements and Indexes.
    By Mark F. Daugherty, Susan H. Simon, and Thomas R. Nardone. Allen Library Reference [REF ML128 C5 D3 & Suppl. & Index] Check Status

    Call Numbers

    [REF] ML128 C5
    Indexes - Choral music

    M1530 - M1546.5
    Choruses with orchestra or other ensemble

    M1547 - M1600
    Choruses, Part-songs, etc., with keyboard or other solo instrument, or unaccompanied


    M2000 - M2007

    M2010 - M2014
    Masses, Requiems

    M2010 - M2017.7

    M2020 - M2036
    Choruses, Cantatas, etc., with orchestra or other ensemble

    M2060 - M2101.5
    Choruses, Part-songs, etc., with keyboard or other solo instrument, or unaccompanied


    American Choral Review

    Choral Journal

    Voice of Chorus America

    Subject Headings





    American Choral Directors Association
    Includes festival list, conventions, forums, repertoire and standards, division and chapter information, and publications.

    Choral Public Domain Library
    Database of 3,550 choral scores, mostly in the public domain, including some translations.

    Musica Virtual Choral Library
    A multilingual database of 135,000 entries which can be searched by composer, publisher, author of text, etc.

    Sections in this category: Databases | Books | Call Numbers | Websites


    IPA Source
    IPA Source is the web's largest library of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias and art song texts. It currently includes about 6000 texts.


    German for Singers: A Textbook of Diction and Phonetics
    By William Odom and Benno Schollum. Allen Library Reference [REF MT883 O35 G4] Check Status

    IPA for Singers: A Manual for English and Foreign Language Diction
    By Joan Wall. Allen Library Reference [REF MT883 W36 I58] Check Status

    Russian Songs and Arias: Phonetic Readings, Word-by-Word Translations, and a Concise Guide to Russian Diction
    By Jean Piatek. Allen library Reference [REF MT883 P53] Check Status

    The Singer's Manual of English Diction
    By Madeleine Forell Marshall. Allen Library Reference [REF MT883 M36] Check Status

    The Singer's Manual of German and French Diction
    By Richard Garner Cox. Allen Library Reference [REF MT883 C68 S5] Check Status

    Singers' Italian: a Manual of Diction and Phonetics
    By Evelina Colorni. Allen Library Reference [REF MT883 C673] Check Status

    Singing in Latin: Or Pronunciation Explor'd
    By Harold Copeman. Allen Library Stacks [MT883 C66 S55] Check Status

    Call Numbers



    Diction Domain
    Candace Magner and Yvonne Dechance provide links to various sources related to all aspects of language and diction for singers. Covers more than a dozen languages.

    International Phonetic Association
    Includes a chart of the International Phonetic Alphabet; downloadable audio files; information about examinations, conferences, and news; and links to related sites.

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    Classical Singer

    International Musician

    Journal of Singing

    Performance Practice Review

    Sing Out!

    Subject Headings

    Vocal music



    Classical Vocal Repertoire
    Music vendor specializing in vocal music.

    Stage Agent
    This site offers national coverage for show synopses and castings, current production listings, audition and callback announcements, classified ads, and a bulletin board.

    Sections in this category: Books | Call Numbers | Libretti Online | Periodicals | Subject Headings | Websites


    A Dictionary of Opera and Song Themes
    By Harold Barlow and Sam Morgenstern. Allen Library Reference [REF ML110 B25 O] Check Status

    Guide to Operatic Roles and Arias
    By Richard Boldrey. Allen Library Reference [REF ML102 O6 B650 1994] Check Status

    New Grove Dictionary of Opera. 4 vols.
    By Stanley Sadie. Allen Library Reserves [PERM RES ML102 O6 N] Also available online. Check Status

    New Kobbes Complete Opera Book
    By Gustav Kobbé and George Henry Hubert Lascelles, Earl of Harwood. Allen Library Reference [ML102 O6 K 1976] Check Status

    Operas in One Act: a Production Guide
    By W. Franklin Summers. Allen Library Reference [REF MT955 S86 O6] Check Status

    Simon and Schuster Book of the Opera
    By Riccardo Mezzanotte. Allen Library Reference [REF ML102 O6 S] Check Status

    Call Numbers

    [REF] ML102 O6
    Opera dictionaries

    [REF] ML128 O61 S6 V8
    Indexes - Opera arias and Songs

    With original accompaniment

    With arranged accompaniment, e.g., Vocal scores

    History of opera

    MT95 - MT100
    Stories and Plots, etc.

    Libretti Online

    EMI Classics: Home of the Opera
    This site is down as of August 2015. Warner Classics absorbed EMI Classics and may not be maintaining this site. Libretti online (PDF) in the original language and (the majority) in English translation. Register your name and email first.

    Libretti online at the Internet Archive
    Search for the desired composer and/or opera and find digitized versions of pre-1923 libretti from the Met, etc.

    Public-Domain Opera Libretti and Other Vocal Texts
    In the original language only.


    NY Opera Newsletter

    Opera News

    Opera Quarterly

    Opera Today

    Subject Headings

    Opera (use for books)

    Operas (use for scores and recordings)


    Aria Database
    Designed for singers and nonsingers alike, the database includes translations and texts of over 1000 arias and a collection of MIDI files of operatic arias.

    New York City Opera Company
    The home page for the New York City Opera consists of synopses of current productions, information on composers, links to other opera and the performing arts sites, and performance schedules.

    Opera America
    A resource for singers who wish to pursue a career in opera that includes performance schedules; conference, competition, and fellowship information; advocacy programs; etc.

    Operabase is a searchable database that provides monthly performance data on 500 international opera houses as well as full text reviews and TV/radio broadcast schedules.

    Contains several links to opera pages with information about composers, librettists, operas, opera companies, reviews, and calendars.

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    Sacred Choral Music in Print. Supplements and Indexes.
    By Gary S. Eslinger and Mark F. Daugherty. Allen Library Reference [REF ML128 C5 E & Suppl. & Index] Check Status

    Call Numbers

    M2018 - M2019.5
    Duets, Trios, etc.

    M2102 - M2114.8
    Music for solo voice

    M2115 - M2146

    Subject Headings

    Church music

    Sacred vocal music

    Synagogue music

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    Everyday Voice Care: The Lifestyle Guide for Singers and Talkers
    By Joanna Cazden. Allen Library Stacks [MT821 C38] Check Status

    Library Resources for Singers, Coaches, and Accompanists
    By Ruthann Bowles McTyre. Allen Library Reference [REF ML128 V7 M45 1998] Check Status

    Singing in Style: a Guide to Vocal Performance Practices
    By Marsha Elliott. Allen Library Stacks [MT892 E44 S5] Check Status


    National Association of Teachers of Singing
    The home page for NATS with information about the organization, workshops, conventions, publications, and links to music sites.